A pilot scheme has been launched in parts of Forth Valley to help frail, elderly patients and those with complex health problems avoid being admitted to hospital. Three GP fellows will provide medical support and advice to the local Enhanced Community Team, initially in Bo’ness, Grangemouth and the Braes areas. They will also work closely with local community hospitals, GP practices and the Rapid Access Frailty Clinic at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. The pilot project will focus on patients from 10 local GP practices and is part of a wider strategy to deliver improved care in the community. If the scheme is successful, it is hoped to roll out it out to other areas in Forth Valley.
The GP fellows are part of a new national training programme run in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland which aims to develop the skills and experience of recently qualified GPs in caring for older people.
Dr Paul Treon, GP Fellow
“I have found it really helpful to work alongside various specialties across NHS Forth Valley and feel it will help to improve my skills in caring for the frail elderly over the next year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing and to start putting everything we have been working on into practice and further develop the new role of providing medical support to the Enhanced Community Team.”
Dr Robert Wilson, GP Fellow
“Having not worked in NHS Forth Valley before I have found it has given me a thorough grounding across a range of services and allowed me to build good relationships with clinical staff. All staff have been really friendly and welcoming.
“I’m excited about the challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to working with the local Enhanced Community Team and developing a new model of service.”
Pictured: GP Fellows Dr Paul Treon (left) and Dr Robert Wilson are looking forward to working with the Enhanced Community Team as part of a new pilot project